A person asleep in the master bedroom, the house covered in offensive graffiti, an owner’s obsession with the colour purple – the property website never fails to baffle and bewitch
An end-of-terrace Northampton home recently listed on Rightmoveis full of perfectly judged personal touches. Letters spell out the name “Anaya” in the lounge, there’s a charming toy kitchen nestled inside the actual kitchen and, in the master bedroom, someone is still asleep. Or at least someone might be asleep. The figure under the duvet might just be a maternity pillow. Then again, it might be a corpse. There’s no way to tell. Whatever it is, it definitely makes the grade for one of the strangest things ever seen on the property website. Here are some more.
The purple house
In 2013, a £400,000 Middlesex semi was listed on Rightmove. The external shot showed a little extravagance, thanks to the bright purple flower outside the living room window. Inside, though, was nothing but purple. Purple wall, purple curtains, purple carpets, a purple furry bath surround. The perfect domicile for anyone with a penchant for Dairy Milk, or Prince.
The graveyard house
On the market right now in Norfolk is a huge, beautiful £490,000 converted chapel. Why hasn’t it been sold yet? Probably because the front garden is a graveyard, owned by the Church of England for the next 999 years. “It might be that, once a year, on Halloween, it becomes an issue,” the estate agent writes.
The cannabis farm house
The offensive graffiti house
Those looking for a doer-upper could have moved into the £140,000 terraced home listed in 2017 in the north-west. The decor was in need of renovating, and some of the floorboards looked as if they were in need of some maintenance, plus whoever bought it would have to scrub the graffitied “NONCE” off the door, window and fence. But, hey, everyone loves a project.
The terrifying wolf house
A listing so weird that even Rightmove was compelled to blog about it. A sprawling four-bed detached house in Burley in Wharfedale, West Yorkshire, it came with a double garage, its own woodland and, in the dining room, a handmade life-sized werewolf statue.
The scariest house in the world
And now, the best listing ever. A three-bed semi in West Ewell, Surrey, on sale for £337,950, was listed with a photo that simply read: “Due to the Owners [sic] hobby, we are unable to take internal photographs.” Better yet, when a local reporter tried to find out exactly what this sinister hobby was, the owner described it as a “personal hobby” but “nothing structural”. Chilling.
• This article was amended on 25 February 2019. The cannabis farm house was located in Bristol, not Brighton.